WEST VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES OPENS NEW LOCATION DURING COVID-19 TO SERVE LOW-INCOME IN CUPERTINO, LOS GATOS, SARATOGA AND WEST SAN JOSE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS
PROJECT WILL ENABLE NON-PROFIT TO EXPAND SERVICES DURING PANDEMIC AND ECONOMIC CRISIS
WHAT: San Jose, Calif., September 16, 2020 — When West Valley Group Providers launched its “Carry Us Up” marketing campaign in July of final 12 months, it hoped to lift sufficient cash to transform its facility and develop its providers. The one social providers group serving the West Valley was already dealing with a rising demand for assist that was unprecedented within the group’s historical past.
And that was earlier than the COVID-19 disaster decimated jobs and native companies, sparking a 500% enhance in want for providers virtually in a single day.
“These are difficult instances,” says WVCS Government Director Josh Selo. “The variety of folks lined as much as search assistance is heartbreaking. Every one represents somebody who’s determined, out of labor, and has nowhere else to show.”
However now there’s a ray of sunshine. Launched in July of 2019, the group’s Carry Us Up program got down to elevate $2,125,000. At present, that purpose is sort of inside attain. Because of the success of this fundraising effort, WVCS is ready to start an formidable building undertaking that can allow it to develop its free on-site Procuring Pantry,
modernize and develop its present workplace amenities to allow social distancing and supply a dignified, confidential setting for case administration in addition to courses, coaching periods, and shopper conferences; and exchange its ageing cell meals truck with an improved Park-It Market, enabling the group to double the variety of areas (e.g., transit areas, senior properties, and so on.) it will probably serve.
Development begins quickly on the brand new workplace house. WVCS is partnering with developer/builder Edenbridge Properties and HomeAid, a nonprofit consortium of builders and builders who present in-kind supplies and labor to assist allay undertaking prices. Whereas the brand new workplace house is underneath building, WVCS will transfer its operations briefly to The Oaks procuring heart in Cupertino, courtesy of a beneficiant invitation from proprietor KT City.
Based on Selo, the expanded house comes down to 1 phrase: Dignity. “Our mission is pushed by preserving the dignity of every shopper, which may be so simple as having the ability to select your personal meals,” he says. “COVID has difficult our capability to do this.” The expanded on-site Procuring Pantry will present sufficient house to renew permitting shoppers to “store” for their very own meals gadgets. The identical is true for the brand new Park-It Market, which is able to function an exterior space with cover and pass-through that may be simply re-stocked by employees inside.
Selo is heartened by the forces that aligned to make all of it occur. “To see the neighborhood come collectively to assist these in want actually restores my religion in humanity,” he says.
The Oaks Procuring Middle
21275 Stevens Creek Blvd # 520
Cupertino, CA 95014
Wednesday Sept. 16, 2020
Josh Selo, Government Director, West Valley Group Providers
Chris Gatley, Edenbridge Properties and Homeaid
Consumer(s) of West Valley Group Providers
Jeanne, from West Valley Group Providers
Mark Tersini, Senior Vice President, KT Properties
Loads of B-roll will likely be out there.
About West Valley Group Providers
Based in 1973, West Valley Group Providers, Inc. is a non-profit group that connects low-income and homeless people, households, and kids with housing, meals, and supportive providers. Our mission is to unite the neighborhood to battle starvation and homelessness. We envision a neighborhood the place each particular person has meals on the desk and a roof over their head.
WVCS is the only security web for the 22,000 folks residing in poverty within the west valley communities in and round Cupertino, West San Jose, Los Gatos, Saratoga, and Monte Sereno. We offer important safety-net providers like meals, housing search assist, emergency rental and utility help, reasonably priced housing, household assist, homeless providers, monetary teaching, case administration, and knowledge and referrals – for these with the best wants.
Josh Selo, Government Director
West Valley Group Providers